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State of the Planet. March 24, 2008. Which two countries are more similar to one another?. East Germany and West Germany OR Ceylon and Nepal. 67%. Which two countries are more similar to one another?. (67%). East Germany and West Germany OR Ceylon and Nepal.

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state of the planet
State of the Planet

March 24, 2008

which two countries are more similar to one another
Which two countries are more similar to one another?

East Germany and West Germany


Ceylon and Nepal


which two countries are more similar to one another1
Which two countries are more similar to one another?


East Germany and West Germany


Ceylon and Nepal

Which two countries are moredissimilar to one another?

East Germany and West Germany


Ceylon and Nepal


could you comfortably save 20 of your household s annual income at this point in your life
Could you comfortably save 20% of your household’s annual income at this point in your life?

Yes = 51%

Could you comfortably live on 80%of your

household’s annual income at this point

in your life?

Yes = 77%

Northwestern Mutual survey of 2,731 household financial decision makers (all bachelor’s degree or higher) earning at least $75,000. Survey conducted September 2003, with sample balanced and weighted according to U.S. Census averages

washing clothes
Washing Clothes

The procedure is quite simple. First you arrange things into different groups. Of course, one pile may be sufficient, depending on how much there is to do. If you have to go somewhere else due to lack of facilities, that is the next step; otherwise you are pretty well set.


“The understanding can intuit nothing, the senses can think

nothing. Only through their union can knowledge arise.”

— Immanuel Kant

“The world as we know it is a construction, a finished

product, almost—one might say—a manufactured

article, to which the mind contributes as much by its

moulding forms as the thing contributes by its stimuli.”

— Will Durant


Please rate how attractive the bet below is on the following

21-point scale:

0 = not attractive at all 20 = extremely attractive

7/37 chance of winning $9

29/36 chance of winning nothing


What about this bet?

7/37 chance of winning $9

29/36 chance of losing $.05



The “Prisoner’s Dilemma” Game

Player 2’s Choice

Player 1’s



Imagine that you are randomly paired with another member of this class. You play the PDG one time, anonymously. What would you choose?

a) cooperate

b) defect

Your Partner’s Choice




Percent Cooperating in PDG

Liberman, Samuels, & Ross (2002)


Percent Indicating that Large Income Differences Are Necessary to:

From Jost et al (2003)


“I really do believe we will be greeted as liberators”

— Dick Cheney

“...[the war] could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months”

— Donald Rumsfeld

“The American part of this will be $1.7 billion. We have no

plans for any further-on funding for this...”

— Andrew Natsios

“...[Iraq is} a country that can finance its own reconstruction,

and relatively soon.”

— Paul Wolfowitz


George W. Bush’s Harvard Business

School classmate, Thomas Foley, said

upon arrival in Iraq that he planned to

privatize all of Iraq’s state-owned

enterprises within 30 days.

When told that international law forbids the sale of assets by an

occuping government, Foley responded,

“I don’t give a shit about international law. I made a commitment

to the President that I’d privatize Iraq’s businesses.”


“I thought the privatization that occurs sort

of naturally when somebody took over their

state vehicle, or began to drive a truck that the

state used to own, was just fine.”

Peter McPherson

President, MSU

Former head of USAID

Former Senior Vice President of BofA


“We were so busy trying to build a capitalist economy that

we neglected the big picture. We squandered an enormous

opportunity, and we didn’t realize it until everything blew up

in our faces.”

-- Aide to CPA head Paul Bremer


"Because nature is wild, we [humans] were given

the authority to subdue it for life's necessities.”

- Nina Hacker, Concerned Women for America's Family Voice

“God put human beings on the earth to ‘subdue it’ and to

‘have dominion’ over the animals (Gen. 1:28)... . The Bible

does not view ‘untouched nature’ as the ideal state of the earth,

but expects human beings to develop and use the earth's

resources wisely for mankind's needs (Gen. 1:28; 2:15; 9:3;

1 Tim. 4:4). - Focus on the Family


“The Christian knows that the potential in God is unlimited and

that there is no shortage of resources in God's earth.”

- America’s Providential History

“Christians know that God has made the earth sufficiently large

with plenty of resources to accommodate all the people.”

- America’s Providential History


“We support the abolition of ... the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms, the position of Surgeon General, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Education, Commerce and Labor. We also call for the de-funding or abolition of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Public Broadcasting System.”

- 2004 Texas Republican Party Platform, p. 19


The separation of church and state

“A lie…” “a distortion foisted on us over the past few years by

left-wingers” - Pat Robertson

“A fable…” - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

“The phoniest argument there is.” - Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma

“The final reunion of church and state will take place at the end of

time, when Christ will claim definitive political power of all creation,

inaugurating an entirely new society based on the supernatural.”

- James Leon Holmes, appointed by President Bush to the

Federal Judiciary in 2004


The Founding Fathers on Religion

“Christianity is the most perverted system that ever

shone on man.” —Thomas Jefferson

“This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there

were no religion in it.” — John Adams

“Lighthouses are more useful than churches.”

— Benjamin Franklin

“During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution”

— James Madison


Martin Luther on Reason

“Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.”

“Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason”

“Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.”


Arguments for Organized Religion

How else to explain existence?

Why else behave morally?

How else to experience (or explain) transcendence?

How else to promote community?